These are the top 4 antique hairbrushes that I think are truly beautiful!
Did you know that hairbrushes really aren’t that old?
They really came into their own in the late 1700’s designed by a man called William Kent, in England.
Since then many brands have bought out some stunning, timeless hairbrushes and some are real works of art!
In my professional opinion hair brushing is really a big part of our daily routine, we brush our hair in the morning, before bed, sometimes even in between.
Finding the right brush for us is a big deal!
Brushes have always been an important tool when it comes to hair, they have been used throughout the centuries to create some iconic hairstyles.
Although the technology has been adapted over the years the general design of the brushes have stayed the same.
Companies such as Kent, and Mason Pearson developed some beautiful brushes over the years, that are still considered premium brushes in the hair industry today. You may read our comparison post on - Mason Pearson junior vs popular.
Over time these materials have been developed to nylon, plastic, natural bristle, and many more
Kent brushes were founded in 1777 by William Kent, they have produced some beautiful brushes throughout the years, some even serving soldiers in World War I.
Most of these brushes are made by hand!
In recent years they have adapted their designs and started using more sustainable materials.
Mason Pearson has been around now for over 130 years; at the time all the brushes were made by hand.
The basic product has barely changed since the 1920s and some of the original model names are still with us today: Large Extra, Small Extra, Popular and Junior.
Mason Pearson do tend to adopt the combination brush style, as they combine boar bristles and nylon in a lot of their brushes.
Military hairbrushes are basically round or oval hairbrushes without a handle. It's a style of brush that has been in use as far back as the 1700s.
Traditionally these brushes were made of hardwood handles with wild boar brushes, their handle-free design was created for easy storage in rucksacks on the march, making them portable and functional, they were ideal for military men on the move. (also check other Men’s Hair Brushes)
The tightly packed bristles helped stimulate the scalp, spread healthy oils, and give the hair shine.
These brushes are still very popular! Companies such as Kent still use this design in their Men’s hair care range.
Recently companies have mimicked the same style of brush for example, the Tangle Teezer, the overall design of the brush is the same, except the materials it is made from.
These are a few of the military style brushes available now:
The vent brush was very popular in the 80s. It is made from lighter plastic brush and has holes for air to stream through and knobs on the bristles to soften the effect of the hard plastic. This brush was good for applying mousse and lifting the roots to get big scrunch-dries and other 80’s styles!
This brush is still extremely popular in the hair industry and it used mainly for shorter styles to achieve a looser finish.
These are a few of my favorite vent brushes:
As you can see hairbrushes haven’t really changed all that much over the years!
Some of the real antique brushes from centuries ago may still be found on antique sites. However, some of the main manufacturers of brushes are still making them now, and they still hold a lot of the same qualities!